The noise of the home support is almost deafening – what a moment for Rasmus Hojlund!
A collective sigh of relief was let out around Old Trafford as Manchester United summer acquisition Rasmus Hojlund finally opened his account against Aston Villa in the Premier League – and some fan footage that has since emerged online just goes to show what it meant to the 20-year-old Dane and his fellow teammates.
Despite Hojlund grabbing the headlines after his domestic goal drought, it was Alejandro Garnacho who caused Unai Emery’s side many problems, particularly in the second half. Heading into the interval, it seemed as if Erik ten Hag and his side were staring down the barrel of another league defeat.
First-half goals from midfield duo John McGinn and Leander Dendoncker put the visitors in control within 26 minutes, with a mountainous task on the hands of Ten Hag and his entourage. An inspiring 12-minute brace from Garnacho, however, spruced the Red Devils into life as Hojlund topped off an emphatic Boxing Day with his first Premier League goal – a moment he’ll never forget.
Man Utd’s reaction to Hojlund goal is incredibly wholesome
It was a magical moment for the 20-year-old
A lot of pressure has been on Hojlund’s shoulders since his £72 million move from Serie A side Atalanta. The Danish marksman had no problem adding to his goalscoring tally in the Champions League, with him even topping the scoring charts before the Red Devils duly crashed out in the group stages.
With that, the attention on his potency – or lack thereof – in the Premier League had continued to grow as he had gone 1,000 minutes of action without hitting the back of the net. In the 82nd minute against Villa, though, the ball fell ever so kindly to the youngster after captain Bruno Fernandes’ corner kick caused somewhat of a scramble in the Villa penalty area as McGinn failed to clear his lines.
As he completed a Garnacho-inspired turnaround from being 2-0 down within half an hour, you could just see what it meant to Hojlund and the rest of the squad as they ran to the corner to celebrate with the fans. Jubilation, ecstasy, and – most notably – relief. Even Andre Onana ran the length of the pitch to join in.
Hojlund was front and centre of the celebrations as he – and every United fan across the globe – felt a release. A wonderful moment for the talismanic Dane given his current struggles in the Premier League, though he’ll be feeling on cloud nine going into 2024 donning the fabled red of the 20-time English champions.
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